H6. How are members of this household related to each other?

Why we ask this question

Your answer helps your community by allowing local authorities to understand what types of households are in your area. This information can help them work out what services the people in your community need. For example, family households may have different needs than households with unrelated adults living in them.

We can also use this information to understand more about the changing patterns of relationships within households. This has been very important during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Local and central government use this information to plan housing and make policies. An important part of this policy work is understanding how much housing is needed now and how this will change in the future. To help the government to fully understand this, we need to be able to show the number of "concealed households". These are where one family lives with another.

It's also important that we can identify areas with a high number of certain groups of people. For example, if lots of young couples live in an area then there may be an increase in birth rates, which will mean that they will need more health services and housing.

The census first asked this question in 1851.

This is asking about relationships within the household. Please give the names in the same order you used in H3.

Select an option to show how the members of the household are related to each other. If members are not related, tick the "Unrelated" box.

Registered relationships

If you have a registered marriage or civil partnership with someone in the household, please make sure you select the option for that legal relationship.

Other partnerships

If two members of this household share a partnership that's not legally registered, please make sure you only select "Partner".

Adopted child

If you're the parents of adopted children, select "Son or daughter" when answering on their behalf.

Other relationships between adopted children and other members of the household should be treated in the same way.

Fostered child

If you have foster children staying with you, or you're a foster parent to a child in your care, select "Unrelated".

If you have more than one foster child, please select their relationship to each other, for example "Brother or sister" or "Unrelated".

Step relationships

If you're a step relation to someone in the household, and your specific step relationship isn't listed in the response options, please select "Relation - other".

Relation - other

Examples include aunt, nephew, mother-in-law and step-uncle.

More than five people living here

In the Continuation Questionnaire, we will ask how everyone in the household relates to the first person you put on the household form. We will also ask about some other relationships.

Your answers are confidential

We use the information we collect in the census solely to produce statistics and for statistical research. No one will use it to sell you anything or find you, and government staff that directly serve the public cannot see it.